Delirium {Sayıklama} – Inspired by a poem of Necip Fazıl Kısakürek

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Delirium {Sayıklama} - Inspired by a poem of Necip Fazıl Kısakürek

Listen to the original recordingListen to the guitar arrangement

This song was inspired by the poem “Delirium” {Sayıklama} by Turkish poet Necip Fazıl Kısakürek.

Here is our original recording with my dear friend Cevat Balek, where he plays the piano, and I play the guitar:

Delirium {Sayıklama} – Original Recording

And here is a acoustic-guitar-only arrangement that has been performed by jimstillers:

Delirium {Sayıklama} – Guitar-Only Arrangement

The poem begins with the silence of a room, only toned by the monotonic murmurings of a sleeping cat, making the sound {hırıl hırıl} (sound of a deep murmuring from the throat).

Next, the poet notices that the night is watching him through the windows like an eye. Meanwhile, many hunchbacked dwarfs are circling around him, with the sound {fırıl fırıl} (sound of one or more turning objects in the Turkish language).

The poet wants to escape from all, and escape into a far land. This time he will be the watching eye, observing his soul as if a city filled with soulful lights. The city lights shine {pırıl pırıl} (which means “shiny shiny” in Turkish).

At that moment, the silence is somewhat disturbed by a sound of a cry, a cry to the death of the poet. The poet’s reaction is to call the crying voice to hush. He remarks his youth, with desires flowing in his blood like a waterfall. The waterfall’s sound is {şırıl şırıl} (sound of flowing water in Turkish).

The final verse reveals the source, as perceived by the poet, of the state of delirium. This might very well be perceived as the solution, too. In the final verse, the author expresses his wish for a woman, with her hands in his hands, telling him about the joy of life, with a musical sound of {mırıl mırıl}.